We as a people seem to be obsessed with watching other people's lives as if ours is not good enough, it is called reality TV. Sure some watch it to see people more pathetic then themselves but for the most part people watch other people because they feel their lives are more interesting. Whatever the reason ther3e was a movie that kind of touched on that type of thing and may give a look into what may be the future of reality TV. Of course when this film was released a lot of people doubted it because Jim Carrey was acting more serious, how dare he. Well to those who thought that I hope they eventually saw this because it really is good, how dare they to doubt.
Truman Burbank is one of the best guys in the world who is loved by all and he gives that love back. He is the most polite and happy guy ever who has a nice life with a wife and best friend who love him. Or so he thought as his obsession with a lost love drives him to question what is real or fake. As he digs deeper and deeper things get riskier because he may find something he really does not want to know. His life as he knows it may have all been planned including his wife. Everyone around him seems to be in on it except the lady he so longingly wants to find. She is the one person who tried to tell him the truth, and as he tries to find the truth and leave the entire town tries to keep him there. It turns out that everything in his life is fake and he is forced to live out his life in this little bubble of a world, his life predetermined for him. A TV producer who adopted him as a new born has created a whole world around him and made him grow up there. It really is one of the most interesting films I have seen because this film may truly happen.
Jim Carrey is absolutely brilliant in this dramatic comedy showcases both sides of the actor all in the same film. The film does have its comedic moments especially the first half of the film but it is the dramatic stuff were Carrey truly shines. For those who have not seen this he truly gives an award winning performance in my opinion. There is a scene in particular that really shows the pain and struggle of the character. In this scene he appears to be beaten when his boat reaches the end, it is a short scene but it is great. He shows excellent range in this film because up to this point in his career he was truly looked at as just a comedian.
Ed Harris as always is excellent and is brilliant in the lead villain role of a TV producer who wants nothing but ratings. He will go to any lengths to make his show a success and any lengths to keep Truman inside his world. Harris is perfect in this role even making him seem human at times. Laura Linney plays his wife in this film and is great, bringing life to a role were she is an actress, love it. Noah Emmerich as well is great in the film as his best friend; Paul Giamatti and Adam Tomei also are good as assistants to the producer. Everyone in the film do a great job as people who are all actors, I wonder if that was hard.
Written marvelously by Andrew Niccol this truly is a great film that mixes a perfect balance of different types of films. I can find moments for comedies, dramas, action, suspense, even horror because to be honest it is like one big Twilight Zone story. This film could have been a straight up comedy or a complete drama or even a really darker film, and all of them would have worked even with the same cast. While all those would have worked I happen to like the film director Peter Weir gave us. I highly recommend this movie because I have always enjoyed from day one. Skip the rental and buy this like I did, I think any movie goer will appreciate this film. Also there is an excellent and very in-depth behind the scenes feature on here.
I adore this movie. This movie is to Jim Carrey what "Punch-Drunk Love" was for Adam Sandler. Cried like a motherfucker at the end and loved every second of it. Fantastic concept, also led to a REAL reality TV show (The Joe Schmo Show). Simultaneously a scathing and loving view on humanity which is all I ever want from books, movies, and tv. This is undoubtedly a classic and certainly in my top 20 films of all time.
I, personally, have never understood what people love so much about reality TV. It has gotten the worst reputation nowadays, yet is extremely popular. But for the worst reputation, you look at things like The Hills, Laguna Beach, and especially Jersey Shore and say that it doesn't deserve it. My main question is: "Who the fuck cares about these people. Their lives are not interesting in any way yet we want to watch them and cross-examine every part of their lives and them doing disgusting … more
Pros: Carrey, Harris, Emmerich, amazing story, fantastic cinematography, great direction Cons: the ladies of the film (Linney and McElhone) The Bottom Line: This is a terrific film. I highly recommend it to fans of comedy and drama alike! Plot Details: This opinion reveals major details about the movie''s plot. I am not a fan of Jim Carrey. I never have been, and I never will be. I can't stand the way he relies on physical humor, … more
I basically am just a normal person obbsessed with Mixed Martial Arts, pro wrestling, movies of all kinds, music of all kinds, books of all kinds, and of course foods of all kinds. Just trying to keep … more
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Comic actor Jim Carrey plays it (mostly) straight for this smart satire from director Peter Weir (DEAD POETS SOCIETY). The life of Truman Burbank (Carrey) has been broadcast around the world with tremendous success since the day he was born. A star for the mere fact that he exists, Truman has no idea that there are cameras in every corner of his world. But soon, cracks begin to show in the constructed world, and Truman questions his existence while everyone around him is in on the joke. Weir directs a fine cast, including Laura Linney as Truman's wife and Ed Harris as the show's director. Screenwriter Andrew Niccol also added interesting twists to the scripts for S1M0NE and GATTACA.